Feel like classing up your weekend catch ups? Maybe those store-bought scones in the office just aren’t cutting it when it comes to afternoon tea? Well, prepare to feel like a modern-day Marie Antoinette with a bevy of ribbon sandwiches, delicately decorated desserts and all of the tea (or champagne) your heart desires. Just sashay on over to one of Brisbane’s many decadent high tea establishments and don’t forget to lift those pinkies.
Carindale and Indooroopilly
A casual suburban high tea more your style? Dessert café Passiontree Velvet has locations at both Carindale and Indooroopilly. If you’ve been hitting the shops all day and those 3pm sugar cravings hit, high tail it to Passiontree for some of their handmade chocolates and pastries. With an internationally trained Belgium chocolatier and highly skilled pastry chef on board, you won’t second guess these shopping centre high tea connoisseurs.
Darling & Co.
Ladies about town know that high tea isn’t just about English breakfast and a couple of jam-drenched scones anymore, heck no! One such Brisbane high tea has upped the ante serving G&Ts with their finger fancies. At Darling & Co, gin lovers can sample speciality matched Tanqueray cocktails, all the better to wash down the traditional high tea snackings. It’s a modern masterpiece.
Room With Roses
Room With Roses, upstairs in the elegant Brisbane Arcade, is a Brisbane high tea heaven for traditionalists. Famed for their scones with jam and cream, not to mention their passionfruit sponge, it’s a beautiful spot to really relax and savour your surroundings.
The Champagne High Tea Party at Customs House is fit for a queen. Complete with the most fantastic views of the Story Bridge, this heritage-listed icon knows how to do ribbon sandwiches, handcrafted petit fours and vintage Champagne with aplomb.
Indulge in the wondrous creations of the pastry chef while sipping from a range of specialty teas and enjoying the view of the lush courtyard at Spicers Balfour in New Farm. On the menu, you'll find chocolate dipped seasonal fruit, Lindt choc chip cookies and smoked salmon brioche. Gather the girls already!
If pastries in the shape of swans sound like something worth cruising into the city for, then Motion Dining at the Marriott has the high tea experience for you. Situated in their cosy dining room you can enjoy a glass of French champagne as you nibble at their traditional menu selections. Our favourites include the smoked salmon, cucumber and caper mayonnaise sandwiches and of course, the choux pastry swan with cream patisserie.
Stamford Plaza loves high tea so much they offer them in the morning and afternoon! With panoramic views of the Brisbane River there are plenty of high tea options to choose from, but we obsess over the Chocolate High Tea buffet featuring shaved, melted, solid and infused chocolate throughout the entire menu!
If an afternoon spent nibbling finger sandwiches is your idea of a weekend well spent, the high tea at Eden’s Table in The Westin offers up a leisurely Saturday afternoon session. Indulge in the scrumptious selections of both sweet and savoury gourmet goodies, with specialty dishes like Noosa prawn remoulade with fennel slaw, smoked salmon with finger lime whipped brie and of course, traditional buttermilk scones. Sink into your weekend the right way, with floor to ceiling views of Brisbane twinkling city sights.
Belle Epoque gives the closest experience to a Parisian café that you will find stepping off the streets of Brisbane. Their high tea is an absolute crowd pleaser, with vegan, vegetarian, nut free and gluten free menus. We’re drooling over the wattle seed and mascarpone delice, and you can chase that down with their signature macaron with lemon gel, blueberry posset, white chocolate cremeaux and lemon sherbet. C’est magnifique!
Salt Meats Cheese
Cheese high teas? Now you’re speaking our language. On Sundays from 11am, Salt Meats Cheese offer up and uber cheesy high tea menu at their South Bank location. How much cheese is involved in a high cheese, you ask? A lot, is the answer. On the line-up is a gooey truffle baked brie, even gooier deep-fried mozzarella sticks, burrata and Aperol Spritz cheesecake for a sweet finisher. Book in advance to secure your spot and start unbuckling your pants now.
Does a high tea of freshly baked scones, raspberry white chocolate mousse, passionfruit tartlets and pistachio macarons sound completely delightful? Absolutely! But Bacchus in South Brisbane takes the elegance that one step higher serving high tea on the finest William Edwards bone china from England. Fancy.
The Lab At Treasury Brisbane
Embrace your inner English aristocrat with an elegant Brisbane high tea experience, featuring bottomless La Maison Du Thé French tea (the Holy Grail for tea lovers) in the luxurious surrounds of Treasury Hotel's The Lab. Mouth-watering macarons, sumptuous sandwiches and decadent desserts all feature in this luxe high tea offering—so there’s no absolutely no chance of leaving hungry! With two sittings of high tea each weekend it’s a perfect spot for those special celebrations.
Vintaged Bar & Grill
Sunday afternoons are sorted with Vintaged Bar & Grill's high tea at the Hilton, perfect for special occasions you want to keep classy. The modern backdrop of the hotel makes for a perfect setting for a spot of tea and finger foods with the girls. The fresh and fruity menu will have you wanting to try a little of everything.
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Image credit: Ariana Gillrie for The Urban List, Eden's Table